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PostPosted: 22 Jun 2015, 11:57 
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I found out about this recently. Nice PR move but how does this really impact "supply and demand" of illegal ivory except make the price go higher and thus emboldening the poachers to take higher risks?? The demand is there in various cultures who probably don't give a s*** if they kill off the last elephant or rhino and give the U.S. and the other "enlightened" countries who have done these "crush" events (I'm assuming probably Canada and some of the W. European nations) both middle fingers behind our collective backs.

It would be much better to create some sort of legal ivory market (although it would be more difficult than say antler harvesting because antlers grow back every year and ivory not—rhinos horns probably slowly) because the demand isn’t going away (you might be able to shame one of principal cultural offenders but the other 2 I don’t think will ever change). So instead of crushing this confiscated illegal ivory sell it and use the money to make anti-poaching operations more effective or use it to operate Anglo North American and European anti-poaching teams that are hosted/allowed to operate by affected countries that don’t have the resources or the political non-corruptible will to accomplish the mission. Somehow I don’t think the U.S. officials quoted in this article would back me on this idea…

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PostPosted: 22 Jun 2015, 14:26 
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I always wondered about that too NonPC, watching all that ivory burn, the animals dead and nothing to show for it. Why not sell the ivory for millions and at least feed some of those starving people for a few days. Makes no sense to me.

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